7 things to know about Trump's Supreme Court choice and what it means to N.J.

7 things to know about Trump's Supreme Court choice and what it means to N.J.


By:  Jonathan Salant
NJ Advance Media

Get ready for a battle royale on Capitol Hill. 

President Donald Trump's nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Brent Kavanaugh could guarantee a solid conservative majority for decades, with he and his fellow Republican-appointed justices overturning dozens of long-standing precedents they don't like.

For example, Trump promised during the campaign that he will only nominate justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion.

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3. N.J.'s senators already have made up their minds

Both of New Jersey's Democratic U.S. senators, Booker and Robert Menendez, immediately declared their opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination.

“With Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, it’s clear that President Trump stuck to the litmus test he laid out when he pledged to only choose Supreme Court nominees who believe that Roe v. Wade should be overturned and abortion be made illegal in this country," Menendez said.

"It will be up to Americans in every corner of this country to make their voices heard starting today and let every member of the Senate know that a vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh is a vote to make abortion illegal, end protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, and further rig our justice system in favor of rich and powerful corporate interests,” he said.

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